“Texting” has become a perfectly acceptable communication channel for all of us. Even more, texting apps have taken over the traditional channels, avoiding SMS termination rate. We can now use any wi-fi signal to send messages via Whatsapp, Line, Viber, Skype and so many other applications.
But as hard as it is to believe, there used to be a time when there was no such thing as a text message. That time is called ‘The Past’, and by past, we mean anything before 1992. In that year Neil Papworth texted “Merry Christmas” to a handset using the Vodafone GSM network. That was of course many years before “Merry Xmas” and “MC” were considered the most appropriate text terms for such a festive message.
The SMS technology quickly evolved into the affordable substitute for call termination. It became the best way to send quick messages to save time and lower your phone bills. Then came the mobile news services in 2000 adding an informative purpose to SMS, followed by the marketing messages on 2003. Since then we have had the opportunity to join newsletters, vote for our favorite performers and request for our daily horoscope or joke.
Nowadays SMS is being used for research and advertising. We receive polls and promotions designed to be read on the go. Marketing companies all around the world are creating the perfect message to get you to break away from your daily routine and read their SMS. Texting has become such a part of our lives that there’s people walking around looking at their phone and not even paying attention to their surroundings.
IM is said to be taking over SMS, lower rates and a wider selection of emoticons are taking over our Smartphones. It probably won’t be too long from now before we are all too used to a new technology to remember our first video chat or voice note. Let us all remember that the world has been texting for 20 years now and it keeps counting.
What about you? Do you still text? Or are you ready for the next big thing?